Aug. 25, 1925 - Oct. 2, 2017

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE -

Mary Dessert

92, El Cen­tro

Stephanie Escalera

47, El Cen­tro

Mary Mar­garet Dessert, or Bunny as she was af­fec­tion­ately known, was born on Au­gust 25, 1925 to Mary and Charles Casey, of Braw­ley. She spent her child­hood in Braw­ley and of­ten rem­i­nisced about the “good old days” grow­ing up in the north end with her broth­ers Pa­trick and Michael, and her best friends Eu­nice, Vir­gene and Vir­ginia. While at BUHS Bunny ex­celled in the class­room and on the ten­nis court as the num­ber two sin­gles player and the num­ber one dou­bles player. Upon grad­u­at­ing from BUHS in 1943 she at­tended Stan­ford Univer­sity where she stud­ied Spanish and Mu­sic.

She was a mem­ber of the Gamma Phi Beta soror­ity and a life mem­ber of the Stan­ford Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion. She truly loved her time at Stan­ford, but not as much as her young beau, Frank Dessert, of El Cen­tro. Bunny and Frank mar­ried on April 21, 1945 and spent the first years of their mar­riage in San Diego where Frank was sta­tioned in the Navy and Bunny worked for the State of Cal­i­for­nia in the per­son­nel depart­ment. Upon re­turn­ing to the Val­ley, Bunny set­tled in and be­came a long-time res­i­dent of El Cen­tro. She was ac­tive in the com­mu­nity as a ded­i­cated “den mother” for the Boy Scouts and a “pink lady” at the hospi­tal. Aside from be­ing a friend to the com­mu­nity, Bunny was a great friend of an­i­mals. While rais­ing her chil­dren, there was menagerie of pets to be found. She in­stilled her love for an­i­mals in her fam­ily mem­bers.

Above all, Bunny lived for her fam­ily. She was a de­voted wife, mother, grand­mother, and great-grand­mother. Fam­ily life kept her busy, but when she found free time, she loved spend­ing it in Pine Val­ley, her slice of heaven on earth.

Mary “Bunny” passed peace­fully into eter­nal life on Oc­to­ber 2, 2017 sur­rounded by loved ones. She is sur­vived by her three chil­dren, Charles (wife Annabelle and chil­dren: Caro­line, Mar­i­anne, and Made­line); David (wife Kim­berly and chil­dren: Deven and Doug); and Frances Strahm (hus­band Clifford and chil­dren: Brian, Melissa, and Me­gan). She was blessed by 9 beau­ti­ful great-grand­chil­dren.

She is pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, broth­ers, hus­band, Frank; grand­son, Casey and count­less dear friends and fam­ily mem­bers.

Rosary will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, 2017 fol­lowed by Mass at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 795 S. La Brucherie Road, El Cen­tro, CA. Fa­ther Mark Ed­ney will of­fi­ci­ate. Burial will be pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions in Bunny’s mem­ory may be made to the Im­pe­rial Val­ley Hu­mane So­ci­ety, 1575 W. Pico Av­enue, El Cen­tro, CA 92243 to sup­port her love of an­i­mals.

Loved ones, friends and fam­ily can honor Bunny by wear­ing a touch of red.

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